Bacda Iska fur – the rise of the Young Starz
Time and again us young Somalis raised in the West are told we have lost our culture, that we do not know the true meaning of being a Somali. Well, now the youngsters have decided to reply back – they loudly declare yes we love our culture, yes we love country and we are reclaiming our identity as Somalis.
One such group making this declaration is the Young Starz from Birmingham UK – these youngsters who are all in their early and mid 20s and use the art of entertainment to inspire fellow young Somalis to take charge and improve their lives. They also write their own songs and plays (riwaayad) to tell their own stories as young Somalis living in the West and the challenges that come with this life. In their plays they address different topics ranging from family break-downs to controversial political issues such as the creations of mini- states (maamul goboleed) and invasions from foreign armies.
Part of this group is the young upcoming singer Aidarus “Mali Boi” who, despite having lived in Mogadishu and thus witnessing the worst of the war, sings to motivate the young generation to uphold the dream of a prosperous and peaceful Somalia. He writes his own songs and latest hits include “Ubixii Dalkeeyow”, “Maxaa Ka Yeelnaa” & “Gumeeysiga sirtiisa”. Aidarus reflects deeply on the state of his motherland and uses his music to encourage young Somalis to see beyond the superficial politics floating around in the media and asks the young to take ownership of their motherland and never give up hope.
With the rise of artists such as the Young Starz an Aidarus young Somalis are breaking into the Arts using entertainment to tell their stories and experiences in the own way.
Young Starz will be performing two of their popular riwaayads including “Bacda Iska fur!” and “Gumeeysiga Sirtiisa” in London on Saturday 23rd. For tickets and further info email email@example.com
Come and see how the young are reclaiming their culture and defining their identity!
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